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Harrington, Ellis lead Warriors past lowly Timberwolves

Dec 20, 2007 - 4:48 AM By Tom Coyer PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Golden State Warriors waited until the second half, but still managed to turn on the jets in time to take down the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves.

Al Harrington scored 25 points and Monta Ellis added 24 as the Warriors used a blazing third quarter to rush past the Timberwolves, 111-98, on Wednesday night.

Andris Biedrins pulled down 15 rebounds for Golden State, which forced 16 turnovers en route to its second consecutive win.

"Al (Harrington) was good," Warriors coach Don Nelson said, "but I thought Biedrins was the guy that anchored everything for us tonight. He was really a good player on the boards and defensively."

The Warriors trailed at the half, 62-54, and appeared sluggish while playing their third game in the last four days. But they came out of the locker room looking refreshed and immediately ran off a 20-6 burst to take a 74-68 lead with 4:56 remaining in the third quarter.

By the time the third period came to a close, Golden State had outscored Minnesota, 37-17, and held a 91-79 advantage going into the final frame.

"It was an outstanding quarter for us," Nelson said. "There was determination out there. It was just terrific."

But Nelson also warned: "We're going to get beat one of these nights if we start relying on that one good quarter."

Harrington poured in 14 points and Ellis filled out the box score with nine points, four rebounds and four assists in the decisive third. The Warriors shot 75 percent from the field and outrebounded Minnesota, 12-5, in the period.

Golden State's starting five led a balanced attack, scoring 86 percent of the team's points. Baron Davis had 18 points and 10 assists and Stephen Jackson added 20 points.

The Timberwolves rode the inside-out combo of Rashad McCants and Al Jefferson to an eight point halftime lead. Jefferson dominated the paint with 24 points and 14 rebounds while McCants scored 23 on 9-of-16 shooting.

Gerald Green, who was one of the main pieces in the trade that sent Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics over the summer, came off the bench for Minnesota and provided a spark, scoring eight points in a 13-2 second quarter run.

Although his playing time has been limited this season, Green took advantage of Wednesday's opportunity and had his best game for the Timberwolves, scoring 18 points to go with eight rebounds.

"I feel like I should be playing but coach is looking at other guys," Green said. "So what I have to do is stay positive and stay ready to play."

Minnesota has now lost six straight games and owns the worst record in the NBA at 3-21.

"You have to man up," Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman said. "At some point, we have to stand up and say enough is enough."